I'm really very sick of it. Corporations don't have any respect for people, and I can't do much about that, but I'm all for changing the language.
Call me a customer. Call me a patron. But unless I'm buying food, don't call me a consumer!
While I'm on the subject, planned obsolescence just drives me crazy. I also learned myself a new term today: perceived obsolescence. I'm looking at my 4-year-old cell phone and thinking, Geez, I wish it had a camera. I'm looking at my 3-year-old MP3 player and thinking, I wish it played videos and wasn't so scratched up.
Why? They both work fine. I have a digital camera. I have a laptop I can watch videos on. What is the problem?
The new things are just so darned shiny.
Or am I just bitter because I'm broke? Who can say..?